Ecological Assessment and Impact Studies
For clients whose projects are subject to National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) evaluations and assessments, Onesky Engineering can perform any necessary evaluations per the NEPA requirements.
If a project is considered a major action that may significantly affect the quality of the human environment, its potential environmental impact must be outlined in a document called an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The EIS process is designed to involve the public and to gather the best available information in a single place, so that decision-makers can be fully informed when they make their choices. The process has the following steps:
- Scoping: When a project is first proposed, the appropriate government agency announces the proposed project with a notice in the Federal Register, notices in the local media, and letters to citizens and groups that are likely to be interested.
- Draft EIS: Based on both agency expertise and issues raised by the public, the agency prepares a Draft EIS with a full description of the affected environment.
- Final EIS and Proposed Action: Based on the comments on the Draft EIS, the agency writes and Final EIS and issues its Proposed Action.
- Record of Decision: Once any protests are resolved, the agency issues a Record of Decision, which is its final action prior to implementation.
Ecological Assessment and Impact Study Services Include:
- Wetland delineation and management
- Groundwater surveys
- Phase I and Phase II Environmental Assessments (ESAs)
- Cultural resource surveys
- Air dispersion modeling
- Environmental resource permitting
- Direct consultation and coordination with applicable government agencies
- Assessments of impact on ecosystems and on human health
- Noise surveys